MUMBAI: The world of wrestling has always been an area of interest for celebrities from the entertainment industry. One such name is the pop-culture icon Mr. T, one of the most iconic personas in entertainment history, starring in the hit television show The A-Team and the blockbuster film Rocky III. In addition to his Hollywood career, Mr. T also made many memorable WWE appearances in the mid-1980s.
Recognising his association with WWE, the company announced yesterday that this year’s celebrity inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame will be Mr. T. At a ceremony on Saturday, 5 April in New Orleans that will be broadcast live, for the first time ever, exclusively on WWE Network at 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).
“WWE is honored to have Mr. T join the WWE Hall of Fame,” said WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. “His WWE appearances were instrumental in helping to establish WrestleMania as the pop-culture phenomenon it is today.”
In 1985, he was part of the main event of the inaugural WrestleMania at the Madison Square Garden, successfully teaming with Hulk Hogan to defeat “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. In 1986, he defeated “Rowdy” Roddy Piper by disqualification in a special boxing match at WrestleMania 2 and also appeared on NBC’s Saturday Night’s Main Event program.
Mr. T is the latest celebrity inductee to enter the WWE Hall of Fame, joining Donald J. Trump, Drew Carey, Pete Rose, Bob Uecker, Mike Tyson and William “Refrigerator” Perry. Other members of the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Class include Ultimate Warrior, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Lita, Paul Bearer and Carlos Colon.